How to Level Edging Stones--Front Yard Refresh

Jenn Dynys
by Jenn Dynys
6 Materials
4 Hours

This post was done in collaboration with Worx, all weed pulling and opinions are my own.

Do you ever let your garden beds get out of control? Like, majorly neglected? Life gets so busy, and there is so much to do. Sometimes, things like landscaping and shrubs take a backseat to more important things. This picture below is what our front flower bed looked like. Sigh….so sad, so neglected. There are some hostas in there somewhere, and some hydrangeas too. The edging stones have been turned over by children looking for worms--too many times to count. We’ve got a stray toy dinosaur and a motorcycle hanging out too. This is the front entrance to our house; what a poor first impression!

Coming Up With a Plan

When you have a mess like this, you have to first come up with a plan. We live on acreage, so mowing is a huge job for us. Most of Saturday can be spent mowing. We definitely have a defined yard area, and having that kept nice throughout the week would definitely help with the load of mowing on Saturday. That’s where Worx came in. Their Landroid robotic mower can be programmed to keep up with trimming the grass up to 1/2 acre throughout the week. So, that’s where we started; defining the borders of where the mower would work for us.

Next we decided that we would keep the stones we had, but we would re-do them. We would pull them all up, level the ground, clean the stones and replace them.  

The next obvious step was to pull the weeds, put down landscape fabric and add new mulch.  

Now, we had our plan, all that was left to do was to do it!!

Step 1: Set Up the Mower

Setting up the mower was a pretty simple process. It really is just as easy as rolling out and staking down the wire to define the border of where you want the mower to work. 

I will be honest, at first we were all a bit skeptical of this mower. However, we have been using it for about three weeks now, and understanding how to use it and what to expect are key. We have found that for an area as big as we have that the mower needs to work from 9-4 everyday. All of this is programmable. So, he starts at 9:00 and goes around trimming the grass until he needs to charge. Then he takes himself to the charger and once he is charged he goes back to working. My kids named him Jeff…I have no idea why, but that’s what he is called. We are always glad to see that Jeff is out working on our yard. So, the idea is that he is trimming everyday, and the grass never really gets long and out of control. He does more of a maintaining of the grass. I think this must be better for the grass as well. Our yard really does look very nice!

Step 2: Pull the Weeds

This of course is the part that no one really likes. However, with a big gardening fork and a shovel, we got it done. We filled a couple of wheelbarrows with weeds and wheeled them back to our pigs who gladly ate them! Pretty nice really!

Step 3: Move all the Stones and Powerwash Them

We used a shovel to pry up all of the stones, and moved them over to the sidewalk. We then lined them all up neatly and my son power washed them. This made them look like new!

Step 4: Run a Line

Next, my husband ran a line to make sure the blocks would be level when he put them back. Then he dug out any roots that would make the stones uneven.

Step 5: Put down Some Pack Stone

Pour out some packing stones, then tamp it down with a tamper.

Step 6: Lay down landscape fabric

Of course it is much easier to put down landscape fabric prior to planting, but it can be done even with established plants. Simply use a straight knife and cut an X in the fabric and gently wrap it over and around the plants.  

Step 7: Replace the Edging Stones

Neatly return your freshly cleaned stones to their places. Leave the string line up so that you can ensure that everything is straight.  

Step 8: Mulch

Lastly add the mulch, (get a cute helper if you can!) This will make everything look so nice and finished! We chose black for a nice contrast.

Finally: Pat Yourself on the Back

Stand back and enjoy your fresh and clean flower bed and nicely trimmed yard! Of course it will look even better once the hydrangeas bloom! It’s a bit early for that just yet!

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  • Ralph Ralph on Jun 23, 2020

    I am rather puzzled by your grey concrete blocks turning red after power-washing and then turning back to grey in the last pictures. I used the same type of blocks to form an 88 foot garden wall (small blocks for our side and medium to huge on the far side with about 2 feet of soil in between for my wife. I found it is much more stable by laying the blocks in curving lies rather than straight).

  • Joanie Joanie on Jun 24, 2020

    My question is : How beautiful your hosta and plants are and how do you keep them from the rabbits, squirrels and deer from eating them. Do you have all your property fenced in? What is the deal? HELP.........

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